Zara Rahman Fellow, Data & Society Research Institute; Research Lead, The Engine Room Panel 5
Zara Rahman is a researcher, writer, and linguist interested in the intersection of power, culture, and technology. She has traveled and worked in more than 25 countries in the field of information accessibility and data use in civil society. She worked at OpenOil, investigating the impact of publicly available information and open data in the extractive industries in the MENA region, and then worked for Open Knowledge, working with School of Data on data literacy for journalists and civil society. Rahman is currently a Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City, investigating the bridging role between highly tech-literate communities and lower tech-literate communities. She is also a Research Lead at The Engine Room where she leads their Responsible Data Program, providing practical materials for the ethical, privacy-related, and legal challenges of using data in new and different ways in social change.